UK Women's Athletics League Division Three, 2010
Whoo...hoo we stay up!
When team boss Bob Bridges approached the league to confirm that we would like to go to the qualifier in an attempt to regain our place in the UKWAL he received exciting news.
Because Gateshead didn't show for the final match in our division and Liverpool Harriers up in Division One failed to cover 50% of the events and have been penalised, it seems that we stay in the UKWAL without having to re-qualify.
Now, with a bit of team building during the winter, everyone feels sure that we have gone as low as we are likely to go. It's onwards and upwards in 2011!
Above: Susan Bovill has scored heavily over 400 and 200 metres - and is one of the mainstays of the relay teams. Michaela Hutchison has had a lower key year than normal but raced over 800 and 400 metres - and the long relay of course. Great to have long time member Amala Onuora back in the team to boost the sprints; she competed in all three matches. Photos by Rex Bale.
Match 3, Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, 1 August 2010.
Buoyed up - but still 7th
Match: 1 City of Portsmouth AC 216.5; 2 Harrow AC 191; 3 Herne Hill H 185; 4 Reading AC 184.5; 5 Leeds City AC 163; 6 Channel Islands 157; 7 Belgrave H 111; Gateshead did not take part.
Bubbling after their Eastern Division Rosenheim League win, the Belles were well up for the trip to Portsmouth, insisting that Bob got a minibus so that they could enjoy each other's company on the journey. But sheer enthusiasm and doubling and trebling up to attempt to fill the team sheet is not enough when there is a rule stating that no athlete is allowed to tackle more than three events. So it was 7th place once again and the spectre of relegation and dropping out of the UKWAL looms large. But the girls are adamant that they love this competition and have instructed the boss that they want to take part in the qualifying match to see if they can regain their position.
100m: 3 A Onuora 12.33; 4 H Ryan 12.90. 200m: 6 A Onuora 26.26; 5 L Hübner 26.7. 400m: 2 S Bovill 57.64; 1 M Hutchison 60.66. 800m: 3 M Hutchison 2:14.53; 7 E Moll 2:43.73. 1500m: 7 E Moll 6:01.92; 7 J Beecroft 6:18.68. 3000m: 7 J Beecroft 13:09.37; no B competitor. 100mH: 4 J Favell 15.50; 6 H Ryan 19.38. 400mH: 2 J Favell 65.99; no B competitor. 2000mSC: no competitor. HJ: 6 M Nestor 1.45; no B competitor. LJ: 6 M Nestor 4.75; 7 L Hübner 3.99. TJ: 5 M Nestor 10.28; 5 L Hübner 8.36. PV: no competitors. SP: 7 H Ryan 7.60; 7 J Beecroft 3.93. DT: 7 H Mead 18.22; 6 A Onuora 15.92. JT: 4 J Favell 30.53; 5 H Mead 21.34. HT: 7 H Mead 19.68; 6 S Bovill 14.38. 4x100m: 4 Belgrave (A Onuora, L Hübner, J Favell, H Ryan) 51.07. 4x400m: 5 Belgrave 4:07.55 (M Hutchinson, A Onoura, J Favell, S Bovill).
Closer to home - and we're up a place
Match: 1 Herne Hill H 209; 2 Harrow AC 175; 3= City of Portsmouth AC & Reading AC 173; 5 Leeds City AC 168; 6 Belgrave H 133; 7 Channel Islands 132; 8 Gateshead H & AC 46.
A much stronger Belgrave team gathered for what was virtually a home match. We scored more than double our points tally at Gateshead - but then of course quite a few of the other clubs were relatively local as well. This time it was Gateshead's turn to feel the pinch and the Channel Islands team didn't travel too well either and as a result the Belles placed 6th on the day but still couldn't get out of the relegation zone.
100m: 4 A Onuora 12.55/-0.6; 6 H Ryan 13.24/1.8. 200m: 5 A Onuora 25.94/-1.7; 6 L Hübner 27.85/-188.8.131.52; 3 J Chance 62.23. 800m: 2 M Hutchison 2:16.11; 6 E Moll 2:48.84. 1500m: no competitor. 3000m: 5 S Gailey 11:08.84; no B competitor. 100mH: 6 J Favell 16.59/-2.2; 1 J Chance 16.82/-3.5. 400mH: 2 J Favell 67.87; 2 J Chance 66.97. 2000mSC: no competitor. HJ: 3 R Basford 1.50; 2 M Nestor 1.40. LJ: 7 M Nestor 4.65; 4 L Hübner 4.57. TJ: 6 M Nestor 10.68; no B competitor. PV: no competitor. SP: 7 R Basford 9.14; 3 Z Hattingh 9.07. DT: 5 Z Hattingh 31.55; 5 H Mead 17.98. JT: 3 J Favell 30.79; 5 H Mead 21.38. HT: 2 R Basford 44.50; 5 Z Hattingh 21.86. 4x100m: 5 Belgrave 51.61 ( A Onuora, L Hübner, J favell, H Ryan). 4x400m: 6 Belgrave 4:19.91 (E Moll, A Onuora, J Favell, J Chance).
The long haul
For the six southern clubs Gateshead was always going to be a tough match but with only eight Belles travelling to the North East we were setting ourselves up for a tough season. Surprisingly Leeds AC were also weak and we pipped them by a point to stay off the bottom.
"Were you disappointed?" team manager Bob Bridges was asked after the event. "Not a bit," was his reply. "You know they all really enjoyed themselves - and that's what it's really all about."
100m: 1 A Onuora 12.78/-1.0; 5 H Ryan 13.13/-1.0. 200m: 7 A Onuora 26.31/-2.4; 2 S Bovill 25.57/-1.3. 400m: 2 S Bovill 56.76; 2 J Chance 59.91. 800m: 8 E Moll 2:52.32; no B competitor. 1500m: 6 S Murphy 5:08.20; no B competitor. 3000m: 3 S Murphy 10:40.93; no B competitor. 100mH: 5 J Favell 16.09/-1.5; 2 J Chance 16.75/-1.5. 400mH: 1 J Chance 65.23; 1 J Favell 65.53. 2000mSC: 6 S Murphy 8:46.35. HJ: 5 M Nestor 1.45; no B competitor. LJ: 6 M Nestor 4.74; 6 E Moll 3.68. TJ: 3 M Nestor 10.40; no B competitor. PV: no competitor. DT: 8 A Onuora 18.10; 7 E Moll 13.13. JT: 5 J Favell 30.69; 6 H Ryan 12.91. HT: no competitor. 4x100m: 4 Belgrave 51.21 (J Favell, S Bovill, H Ryan, A Onuora). 4x400m: 4 Belgrave 4:07.25 (J Chance, J Favell, A Onuora, S Bovill).